People make mistakes. These errors sometimes involve getting behind the wheel of a car after imbibing in alcohol. If you have been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, then it is important to understand that you are facing serious consequences. Such penalties include jail time, a permanent criminal record, the inability to gain certain forms of employment, the loss of driving privileges, and more. Retaining a criminal defense attorney is the first step towards making sure your rights remain protected.
Attorney Cerid Lugar is a Roanoke, Virginia DUI lawyer assisting those who have been arrested. She prides herself on providing a high level of service, and she is ready to assist you. Contact us today at (540) 384-0348 to schedule an initial consultation.
DUI Defense in Roanoke, VA
The Commonwealth of Virginia has strict penalties for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Any individual over the age of 21 is considered as driving ?over the legal limit? if they have a BAC of over .08%. A defendant?s first offense will typically result in misdemeanor charges. Such a charge will result in a fine and a suspension of your driver?s license which can last up to one year. You might also face jail time. If your BAC is elevated, certain mandatory minimums are triggered.
A second offense can result in a jail sentence of up to one year. A third offense within a ten-year period can result in class 6 felony charges, carrying a maximum prison sentence of 10 years. Additional penalties are imposed if a defendant had a child in the car at the time of their arrest, if property damage occurred as a result of the offense, or if they were driving a commercial vehicle.
DUI cases are typically heard in the General District Court. The defendant enters a ?not guilty? plea, and a trial date will be set. Many people make the mistake of thinking there is nothing to do to defend against a charge of driving under the influence. There are multiple ways in which a defendant may possibly defend against a DUI arrest. First, if the police stopped a person?s vehicle without reasonable suspicion of criminal activity, then they may have committed an unconstitutional search and seizure. Second, if the evidence of one?s blood or breath test was not properly handled, then it may be possible to have the results excluded from all court proceedings. Either of these instances can lead to a potential dismissal of the charges. If a dismissal is not possible, then an attorney can still take steps to try and gain a more favorable resolution.
What a DUI Lawyer Can Do to Help
Attorney Lugar will use your initial consultation to hear your side of the story and to help you understand what it is you should expect as your case moves forward. She will immediately obtain all available evidence from the prosecution and determine the possible defenses which may be at your disposal. If she feels your rights were violated, or that evidence was mishandled, then she will file the appropriate motions with the court. If a dismissal cannot be obtained, then attorney Lugar will strive to gain you a favorable outcome.
Contact Lugar Law PC for Help Today
Attorney Cerid Lugar understands that most people have never had prior dealings with the criminal justice system. This is why being charged with a DUI can be terrifying. It is important that your attorney remain in regular contact with you throughout the process. That is why Lugar Law PC makes lawyer-client communication a priority. Attorney Lugar quickly responds to messages and makes herself available to answer your questions.